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EPSRC Reference: EP/Y021096/1
Title: Sustainable wearable e-textiles for remote monitoring of atrial fibrillation patients
Principal Investigator: Afroj, Dr S
Other Investigators:
Angelini, Professor GD
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
KYMIRA Ltd Levidian Nanosystems Limited Univ Hosp Bristol & Weston NHS Fdn Trust
Department: Fac of Arts Creative Ind and Education
Organisation: University of the West of England
Scheme: New Investigator Award
Starts: 01 April 2024 Ends: 31 March 2027 Value (£): 450,642
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Design & Testing Technology Med.Instrument.Device& Equip.
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Related Grants:
Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
25 Oct 2023 EPSRC Physical Sciences Prioritisation Panel B- October 2023 Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
This project will develop sustainable wearable electronic textiles (e-textiles) to remotely monitor atrial fibrillation (AF) patients (currently ~1.3M in UK) that will either biodegrade or can be recycled at the end of their useful life. This will be achieved via novel bespoke solution processing of conductive inks and sustainable digital manufacturing of e-textiles. Multifunctional wearable e-textiles developed from this project will provide a sustainable alternative to existing bulky, intrusive, noisy and labour-intensive ECG recorders for AF patients, potentially saving ~£2.2 billion of NHS cost per year in the UK alone.

The development of robust and reliable smart e-textiles at a mass-scale is challenging due to their current limitations: material sustainability, complex and time-consuming fabrications, and poor performance for clinical applications. Wearable e-textiles require a step-change in material preparation and selection of sustainable textile fibres and electronics that can be fully disintegrated, biodegraded or recycled into eco-friendly or reusable end-products. Moreover, currently wearable e-textiles are manufactured by multi-stepped, time-consuming and expensive processes where material waste, energy and water consumption are very high.

To address this, the project will develop sustainable conductive inks and surface treatments for naturally rough and porous textiles of biodegradable fibres. The inks will be digitally inkjet printed on surface pre-treated textiles in a direct mask-less sustainable approach with minimum material waste. The developed wearable e-textiles will be evaluated and validated with healthy volunteers and NHS patients for remote health monitoring of arrhythmia patients, followed by their sustainability assessment. All work will be overseen by the advisory board to ensure academic rigour and suitability for practical implementation. The research outcome will impact broad industrial applications in diverse fields (e.g., medical textiles, workwear, activewear, wearable garments for personalised health and wellbeing). This is potentially game-changing in healthcare economics, reducing ~60% hospital cost per patient, and improved personalised individual outcomes.

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